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2015-11-05

Museum Jailhouse Art Show redux

By Rebecca Norton Special to the Courier

Although originally slated for Oct. 24, remnants of Hurricane Patricia forced the cancelling of the second annual Jailhouse Art Show and Sale, sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum. The event will take place from 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Bandera County Historic Jail on 12th Street.
This year's show will feature art of various media from local artists, including Carole Boyd of Spirit Horse Gallery in Medina, Dusty Pendleton, Bill Stevens, EJ Rutherford and Lauri McLean, featured artist from the 2014 art show. Artwork by members of the Blue Hill Artist Group, Mary Mueller, Patty Reininger, Anita Smith, Lois Nichols, Jacqué L. Morrow, Johnette Brown and Pat Brown, will also be on display and for sale.
In addition, the show will feature locally made jewelry and Latin American folk art with an emphasis on pieces that depict Dia de los Muertos. A portion of the proceeds from the art sale will benefit the Frontier Times Museum.
The event will also give art - and architect - aficionados an opportunity to tour the historic jailhouse. Designed by famed architect, Alfred Giles, the historic jail was built in 1881. This Bandera County gem features two front offices for former sheriffs and deputies and a large limestone cellblock where graffiti sketched into the walls and floors by inmates can still be seen.
During the show, the cellblock will be transformed into the event's reception area with complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Additionally, art will be displayed along the thick limestone walls.
The offices of past sheriffs and deputies will also serve as miniature galleries for exhibitions of additional art, jewelry, Native American pottery and the colorful folk art.
The art show and sale will be a great way to do some early Christmas shopping. Admission to the event is a $10 donation. Parking will be available near the jail or at the Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street, where a free shuttle will be provided to the jail.
For more information, call the museum at 830-796-3864.